There are a few myths about monkeypox that everyone should know.
On the day after the World Health Organization (WHO) called the outbreak of monkeypox a global health emergency, information, both true and false, is spreading on social media. It is very important to check the facts and only believe them. People trust the information they post on social media platforms, and people will post trusted information on them. This makes it hard to track fake news, because by the time you see it, it will either be a viral story or go viral in the next few minutes.
Here are some of the most common myths about monkeypox that everyone should know:
From African countries, monkeypox has spread around the world.
To blame the outbreak on a specific country or race is unethical
Now, let’s talk about the facts. Several West African countries where monkeypox is common have declared it to be endemic. This year, though, it hasn’t spread beyond those countries.
The cases of monkeypox that have been reported in 2022 have nothing to do with the countries where it has been declared to be endemic. This makes it a very serious problem.
The disease is being spread by homosexual/gay men
This is yet another shocking thing that people think about people with HIV. This kind of understanding is a disgrace during a time when everyone worked together to fight a pandemic.
Since monkeypox is spreading, gay men are being blamed for spreading the disease.
Even though it has been said that the infection can be passed from man to man through sexual contact, this is not the only way it can be spread. Even the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has said that monkeypox is not a disease that can be spread through sexual contact.
Monkeypox can spread when a healthy person comes into contact with someone who has it. This includes closeness and physical contact.
This myth may have started with the pandemic, whose bad effects we’ve recently seen, or it may have been spread on social media to make people more afraid of the infection, just like it was in the early days of the pandemic.
Monkeypox rarely kills people. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 99 percent of people who contract monkeypox will survive.
Even so, the signs of this virus infection are painful.
Monkeypox doesn’t have a vaccine
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that because monkeypox and smallpox viruses are genetically similar, vaccines made to protect against smallpox viruses could be used to prevent monkeypox.
For now, the Indian government has no plans to buy smallpox vaccines to protect against monkeypox. So far, the infection has been found in four people. “Monkeypox” has only been found in four people in India. At the moment, we are not actively thinking about getting vaccinated, but we are also not completely ruling it out. We will look into our options if the need comes up in the future, “a health ministry official told the media.
Adar Poonawalla was quoted in the news as saying that the Serum Institute of India (SII) is in talks with Novovax to make a monkeypox mRNA vaccine.
Monkeypox is the same as both chickenpox and smallpox
Even though monkeypox looks a lot like smallpox and chickenpox, it is very different from these two diseases. Aside from the fact that the symptoms of monkeypox are painful, one of the most noticeable things about this infection is that it makes the lymph nodes swell.
Key facts about monkeypox
The monkeypox virus, which is in the genus Orthopoxvirus and the family Poxviridae, is what causes monkeypox.
The virus is a double-stranded DNA virus with an envelope. It is in the genus Orthopoxvirus in the family Poxviridae.
Even though it has some of the same symptoms as smallpox, it is not the same disease.
Monkeypox is spread by rodents and primates. It is also thought that the virus could live in squirrels.
It can be passed from an infected person to a healthy person through secretions from the nose and throat, sores on the skin, or objects that have been contaminated.
The monkeypox virus can take anywhere from 5 to 21 days to spread.
One should know about the signs of monkeypox.
- The two main symptoms that set this viral infection apart from others are rashes and the growth of nodes (lymph node enlargement) in different parts of the body.
- This infection can cause fever, headache, muscle pain, chills, back pain, and tiredness, among other things.
- Some patients may also get a cough, feel sick, or have trouble breathing. Even though there may be more signs of this infection that haven’t shown up yet, these are the ones that have been seen in the four confirmed cases of monkeypox in the country so far.